What’s Current: Doug Ford calls for legislation requiring teens to get parental permission to access abortion

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Doug Ford, leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives says he supports legislation that would require teen girls to seek parental permission in order to access abortion.
  • Sally Challen’s appeal of her conviction for murdering her abusive husband could change the way UK courts evaluate the totality of domestic abuse and coercive control over years.
  • Kellie-Jay Keen Minshull, a stay-at-home mom of four, has been questioned by police for hate crimes over pointing out that Susie Green, CEO of the charity Mermaids UK, took her son to Thailand to have his genitals removed for his 16th birthday, as Green herself has publicly discussed.
  • The leaders of the US Women’s March are close to Louis Farrakhan, and have refused to condemn his anti-Semitism. A Jewish woman wonders if Jewish women are at all welcome on the US feminist left.
  • Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid for her silence shortly before the 2016 election, has offered to return the money and tell everything she knows.
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Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • ALD

    I am conflicted on the subject of parental permission for abortion. On one hand, I am all for teens being able to work around their parent’s objections to obtain an abortion. But, on the other hand, I am FULLY against teens being able to work around their parent’s objections should they wish to obtains SRS, hormone blockers and other SRS meds. Can anyone help me on this? thanks.

    • Candice Smith

      I also have my conflicts — I fully support abortion rights since we live in a patriarchal society, but I oppose assisted suicide. thanks for sharing.

    • I think the workaround of consent about teenage abortions and parents evolved because of concern that girls would be pushed out of the house if pregnancy were known (still happens; used to be more common) and because there is often suspicion that rape or incest is involved in teen pregnancy. In a better world, parents should be informed. Whether they should make the decision for the girl is another matter, because all pregnancies carry potential maternal health risks, and teen pregnancies more than others.

    • Tobysgirl

      I see no conflict at all in your positions as commenters have made clear below.
      And I don’t want to hear about opposition to assisted suicide from anyone who has not suffered terrible pain and suffering, just as I do not want to hear about opposition to abortion from those who cannot get pregnant.

  • FierceMild

    Can we Spartacus twitter for the British woman being hounded by police?

  • cday881@gmail.com

    Ontario Progressive Conservatives? What is a Progressive Conservative?

    • Meghan Murphy

      It’s just the conservative party.

    • Christine

      As Meghan indicates, it is how the Canadian federal conservative party and most provincial conservative parties have branded themselves (at least during our lifetimes). But you’re not wrong if you think it’s an oxymoron!

    • Lavender

      Yeah, I’ve always laughed at that. Talk about an oxymoron.

  • therealcie

    I like this statement from Judith Green regarding aggressive trans activists:
    “Most transgender people, I am sure, are as decent and kind and
    open-minded as anyone else. But a small, aggressive group of activists —
    not all of them trans, by the way — want to establish a new norm of
    debate: that anyone who disagrees with them, or even asks questions,
    ought to be silenced, sacked or both.”
    One wonders where Susie Green is coming from, that she would want to put her pre-pubescent child on puberty blockers. That seems rather twisted.

  • M. Zoidberg

    The morally-bankrupt brother of (deceased) big, fat “king crack” wants to restrict abortion? No fucking surprise there.

    >>“Kellie-Jay Keen Minshull, a stay-at-home mom of four, has been questioned by police for hate crimes

    Downright Orwellian, ladies. When TRAs fight, they play dirty. Because, y’know, men.

  • Midori

    So on the one hand a teenager can travel to Thailand with a complete stranger and without permission from his mother to get his genitals removed, but on the other hand a pregnant teenage girl (maybe pregnant, because she was raped) has to proved a permission form from her parents to get an abortion. This world is disgusting!

    The leaders of the US Women’s March are close to Louis Farrakhan, and have refused to condemn his anti-Semitism.

    Shocked, but not surprised. To those “feminists” intersectionality means everything must include penis and not include all women, no matter their religious believes!

  • Candice Smith

    I’m glad that Feminist Current has called attention to some of the leaders (certainly not all leaders) of the U.S. Women’s March being close to Ferrakhan, and their refusal to condemn his anti-Semitic views. Ferrakhan spreads hatred towards Jewish people. The NDP Convention in Ottawa last month (February 2018) also made the error of having one of the speakers, Mallory, at their Convention, yet she hadn’t condemned Ferrakhan’s views. (As a white woman from a working-class family, I have often felt unwelcome in the Feminist Left, and the vast majority of Jews in North America and Europe would be classified as white.) Other issues as well — refusing to condemn religious extremism (Ultra Orthodox Judaism; Islam; etcetera). Someone called be a bigot because I condemned the returning ISIS terrorists (returning to Canada) – what’s bigoted about this? Most of the victims are Muslim women. Getting back to the issue of the Women’s March and its refusal to disavow Ferrakhan’s views: it’s absolutely vital and necessary to condemn Ferrakhan’s anti-Semitic views, as well as condemn religious extremism. There’s been s strong shift in the Left away from Thomas Mulcair (Canada) and Bernie Sanders (United States), who weren’t perfect, but very specifically condemned Islamic terrorism; religious extremism and anti-Semitism. The trend now is towards embracing religious extremism in the disguise of “diversity.” Look at it this way: No fan of Andrew Scheer, but he has very specifically stated that he believes in Secularism; that he will keep his religious (Roman Catholic) views separate from his politics. Yet, the Left no longer condemns religious extremism (unless it’s Christianity). What I am saying is that religious extremism isn’t okay just because it’s non-Christian. And spreading hate towards Jewish people needs to be condemned as HATE speech and inciting violence.

  • Candice Smith

    completely agree, but the trend in the Left seems to embrace religious extremism as long as it’s non-Christian.

    • marv

      The Left laments western imperialism as the cause of extremism. It endorses religious moderates as a sign of healthy pluralism.

      It’s all patriarchal, illusory and in need of elimination.

  • shy virago

    Thanks for your insightful comment! There are many reasons I did not support Sanders: his misogynist yelling at Clinton during a debate, his pro-war votes, his ‘use’ of the word socialism, etc etc.
    You’re right – he has never condemned Israel.

  • Candice Smith

    yes, I understand it’s important for Sanders to condemn Israeli settlements. Hillary Clinton and Obama and SOS John Kelly actually went further than Sanders on this issue. However, as I pointed out in another comment, Sanders in the United States (and Mulcair in Canada) at least spoke out on Islamic terrorism, and religious extremism (including Ultra-Orthodox Judaism, Islamic extremism, Quebec’s history of Roman Catholic Church’s control). In other words, Sanders and Mulcair did not give a green light to religious extremism, if non-Christian. My concern is the Left has become an umbrella tent for religious extremism, especially if non-Christian. (From the debates that I saw, Sanders actually did condemn Israel’s settlements, but you are correct, that Sanders has been hesitant on this issue.) Even when you look at BLM — totally different from Jesse Jackson, who believed in Secularism. Most of BLM is great, but there are elements that are pro-Sharia (as in “diversity”). Members of the Left tell me that women freely choose to be prostitutes; that Muslim women freely choose to be subservient to Muslim men. After all, it’s their culture. The Left is totally closed-minded because it won’t listen to arguments that religion is NOT an excuse to oppress women. We must be diverse….

  • Meghan Murphy

    I’m Canadian…

  • Meghan Murphy

    I thought you knew that, so was confused! Sorry I misunderstood. I mean, the BC Liberals *are* very right wing, yeah… But there is also a Conservative party here.

  • Candice Smith

    Maria, stop trying to have the last word on my comments. I feel like a man is stalking me.

    • Maria Gatti

      I’m most definitely a woman, and a veteran feminist activist. I simply disagree with your politics. It isn’t a matter of trying to have the last word, but of opposing people who want to control what we do with our bodies, whether we are young or old.

  • Maria Gatti

    Quoting an article from Haaretz (an overview on Jewish life in France):

    France absorbed more than 100,000 Central and Eastern European Jews
    fleeing persecution in the years leading up to World War II. Today,
    however, most Jews living in France have roots in Morocco, Algeria and
    Tunisia. Some 235,000 Jews arrived from those newly independent
    countries in the 1950s and 1960s, and this largely Sephardic population
    is widely credited with reviving religious Judaism in France after the

    I’ve lived in France, precisely in the 19th and 20th arrondissements where there are large Sephardic Jewish and large Muslim Maghrebi populations. In general, they get along fine, but there are extremists who are trying to create enmity between these culturally very similar people.

    I was involved in the long movement here in Québec to win abortion rights, in particular the Chantal Daigle battle. I’m also a member of a left party, Québec solidaire, and I’ve seen not sympathy for Isis or any religious fundamentalism there.

  • Maria Gatti

    Then what we have to do is help disabled people empower themselves against oppression, not tell people in general that they have to live in great pain or demented? I know someone who has worked for years with people suffering from dementia. He is a very caring and loving worker. But he says that if he were to get such a diagnosis, he’d end it. Nobody is forcing you to ask for assisted suicide. The point is that you want to prevent other people from having access to it.

    I’ve fought those sadistic Church teachings for more decades than I’d like to admit to.

    Yes, I know that Ontario also has abortion rights and that it is a Federal matter. I write about Québec because that is where I live and that is where I and above all others have fought long and hard for women’s rights as we emerged from the control of the Grande Noirceur – the domination of a particularly reactionary Church.

  • Maria Gatti

    I wasn’t advocating for any of those horrble things. Just for the right to have my tubes “tied”, so as not to have to endure potentially harmful contraception. Zero desire to create children, unless they are kittens, and there is no kitten shortage, or puppy shortage.

    There is a sad history of reactionary “pro-life” groups using the very real dehumanisation of and discrimination against disabled people as a sort of battering ram against women’s self-determination.. The answer is advocacy by and for disabled people, not using the discrimination against them as a weapon against human self-determination. No way do I want to waste resources for an unaware, inert former human.

    Someone mentioned her sister; I’ll mention my mother who never wanted to “end up like that” (she did) and I heartily agree.